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Ananda Center at Laurelwood Announces

COB BUILDING WORKSHOP ( http://anandalaurelwood.org/program/cob/ )

taught by Bernhard Masterson ( http://www.bernhardmasterson.com/ )

• Make friends! Have fun! Relax!
• Learn useful "green" building skills
• Pastoral beauty, yet near Portland, Oregon
• Morning and evening activities: guided yoga, meditation, campfires and more
• $880/9 days: All meals, instruction, camping (lodging upgrades available)

About The Site:
The workshop will be held at Ananda Center at Laurelwood (ACL), Oregon just west of Portland. The ACL campus (55 acres) is nestled in bucolic farmland and forest and within a short distance of several larger cities. Laurelwood is little over an hour from the Pacific Ocean. The site had been a rural high school for many years and is being transformed into a alternative college, as well as a conference and retreat center. There is abundant space for camping as well as interior rooms that can be reserved for an additional charge. All attendees will have access to showers, toilets, and free Wi-Fi. There are trails and pathways for walking, existing tennis courts and a walking track.

What to Expect:
In 9 intensive days, we'll cover in depth all the many techniques of building with cob including arches, shelves, furniture and earthen floors. In our most popular program ever, we'll take the ground from under your feet and turn it into a versatile medium to sculpt a whole house. You will learn construction of walls, doors and arches for windows, and we'll investigate roofing, foundations, siting, design and soils. In this special workshop you will also be learning how to integrate natural building techniques with cob, bale-cob, clay slip straw and other methods into remodeling of existing wood framed structures. You'll leave confident enough to build a cob building of your own or at least go remodel an existing home!

We spend long hours learning, building and enjoy ing the process together. We start early and work into the late afternoon or evening with discussions and presentations, or sitting and sharing by the fire. If you are not accustomed to rigorous exercise, you will get more out of the workshop by conditioning your body before you arrive. Pay attention to your body and move at your own pace -- there is no prize for mixing most or building fastest. In warm weather, many of us mix cob barefoot, so toughen your feet beforehand by walking barefoot as much as possible. Bring an extra pair of shoes/boots that you plan on using to mix cob, neoprene booties (like those that surfers wear) are wonderful to mix in if you have them.
 
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